Houston says they won’t lose Tom Herman over money.

Tilman Fertitta, chairman of the Houston Board of Regents, told FOX 26 in Houston, “We’re not going to lose him over money. If he wants to leave, he’s going to leave. I don’t think Tom Herman has any desire to leave over money. It’s because he would want to go to a program where he feels like he personally has a better chance of competing for a national championship every year.”

Good. If you’re a Cougar fan, you want to know your school is doing everything it possibly can to keep the best coach they’ve ever had.

And if what Tilman Fertitta says is true, then they are. He makes it sound as if they can match any dollar amount Herman is offered. That may or may not be true; there are obviously deep pockets at Texas. But clearly, there are other things they can’t match: overall resources and facilities at U-T. History and tradition. Ability to recruit. And as Fertitta stated, a better chance to compete for a national title year in and year out.

Obviously, it’s a better program, and a better job. Nothing against Houston; it’s been great for Herman and he’s been unbelievable for them. But Houston is not Texas. Almost no one is. And if they call him, you have to think he’s going.


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